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Japan. Reading: Page 1 Answers: Worksheet 1. Japan is about the same size as the state of: California. Japan has a population of over: 100 million people. Japan is located in: Asia. The Pacific Ocean The East China Sea The Sea of Japan. Japan is surrounded by:.

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Reading: Page 1

Answers: Worksheet 1

Japan is about the same size as the state of: California

Japan has a population of over:100 million people

Japan is located in: Asia

The Pacific Ocean

The East China Sea

The Sea of Japan

Japan is surrounded by:

Japan is made up of:4 main islands

The largest of the islands is:Honshu

The capital of Japan is: Tokyo

Japan’s most famous mountain is:Mt. Fuji

Planting crops on low mountain slopes is called: terraced farming (also: step farming)

Much of the food eaten in Japan comes from: the sea

Food and products bought from other countries are called: imports



Two problems Japan has because of its geographical location are:

The destructive waves that hit Japan are called: tidal waves (or tsunamis)

The large tribes that once ruled Japan were called: clans

The most powerful of these tribes worshipped a: sun goddess

Today Japan is still called: “the land of the rising sun”

The Japanese flag symbolizes the rising sun

The most powerful of the clan leaders became an: emperor

An emperor rules over: his own land and the lands of others

The “ruling class” fought for and protected the emperor

The Japanese type of government was called: feudalism

The strong, powerful people who became the military leaders were:

  • Shoguns

The power handed from father to son was called: hereditary power

The famous military fighters of Japan were: Samurai

Rather than surrender to an enemy, these fighters would: commit suicide

This type of death was named: hari-kari


Reading: Page 3

Worksheet: 2

The 1400’s are called: the Age of Exploration

Europeans were going to: Asia and Africa

The Europeans came to Japan: in the mid 1500’s

The Europeans brought with them the religion of: Christianity

Any Japanese who tried to change to this religion was: tortured or executed

The Japanese chose not to mix with the Europeans and chose “isolation” from the Europeans

Japan was part of the Eastern World and Europe was part of the Western World

Japan remained isolated for about: 200 years

In history, Japan came out of it’s isolation when American ships sailed into Tokyo Bay

The American naval officer who sailed into Tokyo Bay was: Matthew Perry

The Asian country that England had defeated was: China

The other European country that was also interested in Japan was: Russia

Japan was afraid England and Russia might: invade them

The Japanese believed if the Americans stayed in Japan, the other countries would not try to conquer Japan

Japan’s isolation had to end because Japan was getting: far behind Europe and the United States

The type of war the Japanese had among themselves was a: civil war

One side in this war wanted to give more power back to the emperor.

And wanted to modernize Japan

The two sides

The civil war was won by the people who wanted to modernize Japan


Reading: Page 5

Worksheet: 3

New equipment for the factories

For a country to grow and modernize it must have:

The new class of people gaining power in Japan were: merchants

To control what was made, bought, and sold in Japan

One thing this new class of people wanted was:

Three ways to get natural resources from other countries:

  • Buy them

  • Trade for them

  • Take them

Japan chose to take them by going to war

To solve the problem of getting natural resources:

Belief that a country should expand and gain control over other countries


The first Asian country Japan conquered was: Korea

Japan then took over the island of: Formosa

This island is now called: Taiwan

Natural resources are needed: to make products

These products are then: sold or traded

The natural resources can also:be sold or traded

the richer the country will be.

The more natural resources and the more products a country has to sell:

Japan and the rest of the western world wanted to control: China

The group that was gaining control of Japan in the late 1920’s was:

  • the military

In the 1920’s and 1930’s the whole world was having a: depression

When a depression occurs, millions of people are unable to find: work

The military leaders were afraidthe depression might spread to Asia

The natural resources, the making of products, the selling of products, and trade is controlled bythe government in communist countries

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